Galveston County Sheriff's deputies need more information about the brutal death of an innocent Texas toddler.
On Oct. 29, 2007, fishermen in the Galveston Bay area found the decomposing body of a little girl in a plastic container. While police dig through missing person's records to try to learn her identity, they've given her a temporary name, "Baby Grace." A preliminary autopsy reports indicates the girl had skull fractures, but it's still unclear exactly how she died or how long she had been in the container.
Detectives still don't know the little girl's real name, but they're inching closer to uncovering her identity. On Nov. 2, 2007 they released a sketch of her likeness. They also say dental records indicate she was probably between 2 and 3 years old when she died. As seen in the sketch, she has long blonde hair, is about 33 inches tall and weighs 25 pounds. She was wearing a size 2T pullover top that was possibly pink in color with a matching skirt. Police also released a sketch of her outfit. The skirt was a "broom style" skirt made of seersucker-type fabric. Both items are described as "Cherokee" brand.
She was also wearing a size 8 1/2 white tennis shoe with purple trim. Police say a fishing tournament happened the weekend prior to the discovery. They hope a witness out there might be able to help them bring justice to this helpless victim.
Cops are used to handling hard situations like this one. But once in a while, a case strikes a nerve. This is one of those cases. Below is a statement released by Major Ray Tuttoilmondo of the Galveston County Sheriff's Office: A case such as this draws out emotions in all that touch it: even us cynical old cops. I cannot help but emphasize we are dealing with a little girl, not just an unidentified body. To us, she isn't unidentified, we simply don't know her name. She has an identity to the lives she touched, and there are likely more than just a few of those, including every one of us involved in this case and has come to know her, in our own way, during the past couple of days. There is someone out there that is missing her in both the literal and emotional sense, and it is absolutely critical that we hear from that someone.